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The Making of the Medieval Middle East$
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Jack Tannous

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691179094

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691179094.001.0001

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Contested Truths

Contested Truths

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(p.111) Chapter 4 Contested Truths
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The Making of the Medieval Middle East
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Jack Tannous

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179094.003.0005

This chapter details how people dealt with doctrinal difference in the post-Chalcedonian Middle East. Some of the ways in which disagreement was handled include violence. Another route a Christian leader might take was persuasion and argument. Indeed, a culture of debate was part of the landscape of this period before the sixth century and well after it; debates might be between Christians and non-Christians, as well as both formal and informal; and it is a traditional scholarly focus on this form of dealing with post-Chalcedonian religious difference that can be credited for giving the impression that the late Roman Middle East was an enormous patristic seminar run amok. The tendency toward dispute was a result of several factors: the religious diversity of the Middle East, coupled with the Christian impulse to mission and conversion, and a belief in the exclusive truth of its religious claims.

Keywords:   doctrinal difference, post-Chalcedonian, Middle East, violence, debate, religious difference, Roman Middle East, religious diversity, Christians, religious claims

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